Idaho Mountain Touring sponsors Team UpCycle, a local road and mountain racing team. We're looking forward to another good year of racing and providing the bikes and gear these guys and gals need to compete locally and regionally!
Check out their season highlights from 2017!
We are now well into the change in seasons, and wow, what an exciting year it’s been for Team UpCycle Boise! We trained hard all winter and spring, then raced hard all summer, and it shows in our results. Summer is the season of stage races, criteriums, time trials, and even some off-road fun. Here are some highlights of what we’ve done.
Tour de Bloom
This stage race occurs every year in early May in the Wenachee Valley of nearby Washington. Team member Allan Schroeder raced aggressively in a field of 85 men. He describes the first stage--along the raging Columbia River--as visually and physically breathtaking. The peloton finished intact, and he ended up 8th in the sprint finish. The second day was a bit more exciting with a 4.25 mile hill climb that separated the field into an initial break of six, which was whittled down to three, and finally down to just Allan and one other racer. He came in 2nd by a wheel width, which left him 2 nd in the General Classification. Stage 3 was a downtown criteriums with a hill –perfectly suited to his skills. He was able to win by opening a gap in the last few laps. The last stage proved no easier than those previous. Allan ended up in a chase group for much of the race. That group was able to catch the lead group, so he finished with the pack, clinching the 2nd place GC overall!
Gem Grit Grinder p/b Boise Velowomen
The inaugural gravel grinder event put on by the Boise Velowomen was a fun, challenging and beautiful course in the small town of Emmett, Idaho. There were two distance options available: Half Carat (22 mile), and Full Carat (44 mile). Each was a rolling loop from the Sand Hollow area toward Pearl, Idaho. The team’s results were stellar, with Russell Thorstrom coming in 3rd for Men’s Cat 1/2, and Erin Shelton and Kate Shanahan in 1 st and 2 nd place respectively for Women’s Cat 3 field. We hope to see this event return and grow, as it was a unique experience we’ll always remember!
Pedal Through the Corners Criterium p/b Team Upcycle Boise
This was the second year for this race, held on the campus of Scentsy located in Meridian, Idaho. This fast criterium included a roundabout as a feature with corners that you can in fact, pedal through. But what would a criterium be without a wreck or two? There was one in the Men’s 4/5, as well as in the Men’s 1/2/3 fields. Fortunately, all Upcycle members came out unscathed. Daniel Edgar was 3rd in the Men’s Cat 1/2/3 race; Sarah Barber was 3rd in the Women’s Cat 1/2 field, and Erin Shelton was 1st among the Women’s Cat 3 racers.
Lyle Pearson 200
The LP200, as it’s commonly known in the local area, is a must-do challenge with relay teams of four riders making the trek from Boise, Idaho, to Ketchum, Idaho, via the scenic territory of the Sawtooth Mountains. Team Upcycle’s men boasted 2 nd overall team, not including handicap (old people, heavy people, etc), and the Team UpCycle women were the fastest all-female team of the day.
Mike Mercy State Time Trial Championship
This year’s State TT was held in Mountain Home, Idaho, on a familiar 20k or 40k course, depending on racer category/division. We felt fortunate to experience less wind than is usual for the high desert of southern Idaho. In fact, the weather was all-around pleasant. Per usual, Team Upcycle brought some champions: Erin Shelton and Anna Megale were 1st and 3rd for the Women’s Cat 3 field, and Barb Kreisle came in 2nd for the Women’s Masters 45-49 category. Russell Thorstrom took the win for the Men’s Masters 55-59 category, and Allan Schroeder took 3rd in the Men’s Cat 1/2.
Baker City Cycling Classic
One of the most beautiful and challenging stage races around, the BCCC is never easy, and we proudly showed that Boise racers rank high among the athletes of the greater Pacific Northwest in this threeday, five-stage event held in eastern Oregon! One of our sponsors, Life Flight Network, was a new supporter to the race this year. They contributed support for the women’s team members who raced, and also showed the cycling community and all who worked to make this race happen that the best medical transport company in the Northwest was on their side! In all, six members from Team Upcycle Boise attended, and they had excellent results, both in individual stages as well as General Classification. Anna Megale came in 2nd overall; she was in 1st place after stage 1, 3rd place for the 1 mile uphill TT, and 2nd for the criterium and the final stage. Erin Shelton placed midpack in the overall but had a great TT coming in 2nd for the stage. Erik Young was 3rd place in the first and 3rd stages for the Masters Cat 3/4/5 field, and Sawyer Bosch was 3rd in Stage 4. Other teammates who participated in this great race were Allan Schroeder, Ian Megale, and David Seymour.
State Criterium Championships p/b Sturtevant’s & The Limelight Hotel
This year’s State Criterium Championship enjoyed a new venue in downtown Ketchum, Idaho, with a fast down/uphill L-shaped course. More than $1000 in prizes was up for grabs, which made for extra excitement and risk-taking in race strategies. In a huge cycling weekend for Idaho, there was a mountain bike festival and several off-road enduro races happening in the same area. Needless to say, there were many cyclists in the mountains during an already busy 4th of July weekend! Even after a last minute course-change, this was a wonderful event with fantastic support. Team Upcycle dominated again, with Allan Schroeder in 1st place and Paul Warner in 3rd for the Men’s Cat 1/2’s, and Daniel Edgar in 3rd for the Men’s Cat 4/5’s. The women were no exception. Nicole Jorgenson and Erin Shelton won the Women’s Cat 4/5 and Cat 3 fields respectively! This was an incredible location for a state championship race, and we hope it returns next year!
Treasure Valley Grand Prix Omnium Time Trial & Criterium
These races are part of an omnium organized by local handcyclist Craig Cornwall as part of a national handcycle racing series. Held in conjunction with the Andersen-Banducci Twilight Criterium for the past few years, these races are a welcome addition to the local race scene. The first race was a 20k TT on a sweltering Friday evening with little to no wind, making for some very fast times! Sarah Barber, who is in the midst of training for the Draft Legal Duathlon World Championships, wanted to get some practice doing a TT without aero gear, and still crushed all of the competition except for two women who race for pro teams. Barb Kreisle, who is still recovering from a nasty wreck which shattered her collarbone, has done an amazing job of recovering and regaining fitness, had a 2nd place finish in her division! The second piece to the omnium was a criterium in the parking lot of R.C. Willey in Meridian, Idaho. This brand new, fun and technical course let Team Upcycle shine. Ian Megale came in 3rd in a fast and competitive Men’s 1/2 field. Teammate Scott Conover took the win in the Men’s Cat 3 race, while Daniel Edgar was first for the Men’s Cat 4/5 field. The ladies were no exception, with Sarah Barber winning the Women’s Cat 1/2, and Anna Megale and Erin Shelton in 1st and 2nd for the Women’s Cat 3 field.
Andersen Banducci Twilight Criterium
Each year downtown Boise is brimming with excitement as crowds fill the streets to watch some of the fastest and most visible racing in the valley. This year was no exception, pulling spectators from all walks of life together to watch the “NASCAR of bike racing” with the Idaho State Capitol as a backdrop. Daniel Edgar was the winner of the Men’s Cat 4/5 field; Anna Megale and Nicole Jorgensen were 2nd and 3 rd places respectively in the Women’s Amateur 2/3/4 field; and Heriberto (Eddy) Frutos, a new racer for the team, came in 3rd in the Men’s Cat 1/2 field! We were even represented in the Men’s Pro 1/2 Category by Paul Warner who kept the rubber side down, despite multiple nasty crashes. He finished top 15 finish in this very large field!
Intelligentsia Cup Criterium Series
Nicole Jorgensen represented the team very well in a solo venture to Chicago to race in four criteriums alongside very experienced and fast ladies! She fared very well with two top 20 finishes. She describes it as simultaneously intimidating and thrilling--we’re super proud of her efforts!
IMT First Monday Ladies’ No Drop Rides
On the first Monday of each month, the women of Team Upcycle host a group ride that departs from local bike shop Idaho Mountain Touring. Women of all ability levels are welcomed and promised a nodrop, one-hour ride with no judgment-- only smiles and easy pedaling. We’ve seen a continued increase in numbers with diverse levels of experience. It is a testament to the women’s cycling community, and shows that the more we open doors, the more we’ll increase ridership among female racers. The “safe” environment is a great way for anyone that is curious to get their feet wet, and meet some girls, and maybe become less intimidated about giving racing a try!
Cascade Cycling Classic
Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Oregon, is a “real” stage race, with big pro teams, team cars, fanfare and all of those things we think of when imagining large races Team UpCycle’s Allan Schroeder and guest rider Jason Elder went to test their abilities among other non-pro contenders but tough amateur racers nonetheless! These guys worked great as a duo, and Allan was ultimately able to come in 4th in GC, which represents a pretty huge accomplishment for both team members!!
Wednesday Night Short Track MTB races
With the dirt scene growing nationally and locally, Team Upcycle contributed by hosting a series of short track mountain bike races that saw community participation on many levels, ages and teams! We had one team member, Barb Kreisle, suffer an accident that resulted in a broken collarbone during one of these events. To her credit, she was in the midst of passing two guys (because she is that awesome) when the wreck happened. As this series continues to grow in popularity, we’re hoping to be able to expand the number and timing of these events going forward.